Top 10 Classic Children’s Books

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There is something magical about reading a classic children’s book. 

The memories of reading these books as a child come flooding back.

Despite hundreds of thousands of children's books for sale, these books have stood the test of time. These books are still as popular today as they were when they were first published.

Reading with your child has so many benefits for them, and as you are reading with them, you may as well take the opportunity to read something that you enjoy and read as a child yourself.

Sharing these classic books with your child, watching them become enthralled by the magic of them, to see them enjoy reading creates special memories that you will hold dear for years to come.

10 Classic Children's Books

Ages: 3 – 7 years old

This beautiful collection of Beatrix Potter Peter Rabbit books needs no introduction. Despite being over 100 years old, Peter Rabbit still delights and enthralls children all over the world. This collection has 10 of Beatrix Potter's delightful tales:

  • The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck

  • The Tale of The Flopsy Bunnies 

  • The Tale of Tom Kitten 

  • The Tale of Mr Jeremy Fisher 

  • The Tale of Mrs Tiggy-Winkle 

  • The Tale of Two Bad Mice 

  • The Tale of Benjamin Bunny 

  • The Tailor of Gloucester 

  • The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin 

  • The Tale of Peter Rabbit

Ages: 2 – 5 years old

These books have been delighting children for over 75 years. This collector’s boxed set includes 12 classic Walt Disney books. 

  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Bambi
  • Cinderella
  • Dumbo
  • The Lucky Puppy
  • Mother Goose
  • Peter Pan
  • Pinocchio
  • Scamp
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
  • Three Little Pigs
  • The Ugly Duckling

Ages: 2 – 5 years old

This book was initially published in 1930 and still resonates with children today. This beautifully illustrated story about the little blue engine 'that could' has a great message about how with determination, anything is possible. The inspiring words “I think I can! I think I can!” is something your little one will enjoy and repeat.

Ages: 8 – 12 years old

This beautiful edition contains the complete tales of both Winnie-the-Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner. With full-colour illustrations and a satin bookmarker, this is a gorgeous book that would also make a great gift. 

The tales of Winnie the Pooh and his friends have been delighting children for over 90 years. Piglet, Owl, Tigger, Kanga and Roo are lovable, and stories are beautifully written and timeless, filled with themes of friendship, care and love.

Ages: 4 – 8 years old

Aesop's Fables is a collection of stories by the famous storyteller from Ancient Greece. Each fable that has been passed down for thousands of years have a moral to them. These fables are beautifully illustrated and will teach your child all about honesty, kindness, care, happiness and problem-solving. 

Some of the fables in this beautiful collection are:

  • The Wolf and the Kid
  • The Lion and the Mouse
  • The Owl and the Grasshopper
  • The Farmer and the Snake
  • The Hare and the Tortoise
  • The Goose and the Golden Egg and many, many more.

Handsomely packaged and affordable, this book is part of a classic series for children that aims to revitalize these enchanting works and continue the tradition of sharing them with the next generation.

Ages: 7 – 10 years old

Follow Jessie, Violet, Henry and Benny Alden to solve mysteries, explore the world and search for home.

This box set contains four mysteries:

  • The Boxcar Children

  • Surprise Island

  • The Yellow House Mystery

  • Mystery Ranch 

Ages: 3 – 8 years old

The book contains eight classic fairy tales that will surprise and delight your little one. 

The eight fairy tales are:

  • The Gingerbread Man

  • Cinderella

  • Goldilocks and the Three Bears

  • Little Red Riding Hood

  • Sleeping Beauty

  • Snow White

  • Hansel and Gretel

  • The Three Little Pigs.

Ages: 7 – 14 years old

For more than 100 years, this beautifully illustrated book has enchanted and enthralled children.

The Wind in the Willows characters Mole, Mr. Toad, Badger and Ratty have delighted children of all ages. These four friends love adventure, capers and relaxing along the River Thames.

Ages: 5 – 9 years old

This beautiful story about the love and friendship between a spider and a pig is endearing and heart-warming. When a little girl named Fern saves Wilbur, the pig born the runt of his litter, a tender story unfolds that will delight your little one and teach them many important lessons about love, friendship, life and death.

Ages: 8 – 12 years old

This book was first published over 200 years ago. The book is a classic story of a family stranded on an island after their boat capsizes. Every day on the island brings new challenges, adventure and life lessons. The book is packed with adventure but also teaches life lessons about family values and self-reliance.

The reading of all good books is like a conversation with the finest (people) of the past centuries.

- Descartes

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